Spruce Lane Loves: Top 4 Christmas Picks

This year, my family and I made it a priority to do the bulk of our Christmas shopping at local boutiques as opposed to larger chain stores. There is something to be said about receiving a special item from a unique place that cannot be found or duplicated anywhere else, which was a big part of why I wanted to start Spruce Lane.

Just because Christmas is over, doesn't mean the shopping has to end! If you were like me, you might've received one or two items that weren't quite right and need to be returned, creating the wonderful opportunity to find something new, just for you! With that being said, if you're still in search of something special, have a look below to see my top picks from this year's Christmas shopping.

1. Cash and Clive Script Alphabet Bracelet (Cape May, NJ)

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As I mentioned in my previous Cash and Clive post, my family rented a beach house in Cape May for the month of December, so we had a lot of time to peruse the shopping scene down the shore during the off (although still busy) season. My sister gifted me this beautiful gold initial bracelet from Cash and Clive for my birthday that I haven't taken off since. I am very particular when it comes to jewerly and rarely change up my routines. I prefer simple, classic silhouettes; no costume jewels here. I may rock the occasional statement earring during a special event, but that's it! So I was delighted to receive this delicate and personalized piece from Cash and Clive! It's so lightweight that you forget you're even wearing it, but it adds an elegant touch to any outfit. Shop the item here now! 

2. TROVE General Store Red Wing Clara Booties (Paoli, PA)

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These boots are made for walkin', and that's just what they'll do! Before I get into detail, I have to admit that these were partially a self-purchase from Trove and not entirely gifted to me. I was on the search for a good neutral heeled bootie for months (no exaggeration) and had no luck. I had ordered multiple pairs online, just to return them immediately due to some malfunction or deformity. When I came across these beauties in person at Trove, I couldn't pass them up. They are 100% leather and meant to last for many, many years. They pair perfectly with denim and come in a beautiful olive hue that can be worn year round. They cost a pretty penny, but definitely are a worthy investment piece in my eyes!

3. Beach Plum Farm Hand-painted Measuring Spoons (Cape May, NJ)

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These measuring spoons were gifted to me by my mother, and came from the beautiful Beach Plum Farm in Cape May, NJ. I was very surprised to receive them, as I hadn't really been looking for any cooking-related items this season, although I do love to bake and cook very much. As soon as I opened them, she told me they were special because they were hand-painted and only could be hand washed. I love them, not only because they're incredibly beautiful, but because there is sentiment behind them. I will hold on to these for as long as I can, and every time I cook or bake, I will think of my mother because she gave me this special gift. Those kinds of unique, unexpected gifts, are the best kinds of gifts. Beach Plum does not have an e-commerce shop, but visit their website here to learn more about the Farm and how you can plan your next visit. 

4. Waltzing Matilda Small Leather Portfolio (Wayne, PA)

Image courtesy of Waltzing Matilda USA

Image courtesy of Waltzing Matilda USA

I didn't actually receive this item, but it's on my list of things I would like to explore given that I have some "return funds" allotted for one more special item! Waltzing Matilda is a super cute local boutique situated in Wayne, PA that specializes in local, handmade leather goods. There is something about this piece that is simple, sophisticated, and warm. I would love to have a piece like this with me at work to brighten up my day. I would appreciate having something that reflects quality craftsmanship in my day-to-day routines (and it would sure beat my old Kate Spade notebook that is looking a bit worse for wear lately!) Also, that is why a leather notepad would be great, because over time it would break in as opposed to break down! Shop this item and plenty of more awesome leather goods on WM's site here.

Lastly, not a gift but always a great touch - roses! Beat the winter doldrums by keeping live flowers in your living space this season. My family gave these to me on my birthday, and they made me so happy! A pop of color can go a long way.

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Happy Shopping.

Spruce Lane Shops: Cash and Clive

Cash and Clive
Neighborhood: Cape May, NJ
Vibe: West Coast contemporary style; cool, calm, sophisticated
Good for: Women’s wear, upscale denim

Image courtesy of @cashandclive

Image courtesy of @cashandclive

Last weekend I traveled to my family’s beloved beach vacation spot, Cape May, NJ, for a weekend of retail therapy and relaxation with my boyfriend, mother, great aunt, and her close friend. Many people turned their heads sideways in confusion when I explained I was going to the beach in the middle of December, but that didn’t discourage me from hopping in the car and making the trip south for a quick getaway. To our surprise, that weekend also happened to bring the first snow of the winter season! A beautiful and festive sight to be seen, but it made getting around and perusing the Cape May shopping mall a bit harder, and colder, than usual.

Also (somewhat) to our surprise, Cape May is a major destination during the holiday season! You absolutely needed a dinner reservation for Saturday night, and parking was limited the entire weekend. Quite impressive for a beach town during the winter! Before we stopped for dinner at The Mad Batter, we spent our evening popping in and out each of the specialty shops down the strip mall, taking in the usual atmospheres of beach knick-knacks and small holiday gifts all blended together. While this was mildly entertaining, I was not enticed to grab my wallet and make any purchases, although I definitely was hoping to.

Image courtesy of @cashandclive

Image courtesy of @cashandclive

Fast forward to Sunday morning after grabbing a delicious brunch at the incredibly festive Blue Pig Tavern, when we stumbled upon the newly opened boutique called Cash and Clive and my despondent shopping mood was lifted thanks to this breath of fresh air! Located right across the street from Congress Hall, Cash and Clive is home to a treasure trove of upscale denim, stylish tops and sweaters, and chic accessories to compliment your brand new outfit that you will feel compelled to purchase before exiting this dream store. The store feels upscale, yet contemporary as it features hip brands such as Re/Done, J Brand, Splendid, and more. The silhouettes were varied, showcasing clean and classic styles as well as some edgier pieces, namely in the shoe category. I literally felt dizzy with excitement to have discovered such a gem in a beach town that I have loved for so many years, but not necessarily for its shopping scene. So a warm welcome and huge thank you to Cash and Clive for bringing stylish fashion to Cape May!

To make matters even better, C&C has an e-commerce platform and holiday gift guide that you need to check out! Shop their site now! Some of my favorite picks below:

Splendid Drape Trench Coat, $178 

Splendid Drape Trench Coat, $178 

Cupcakes & Cashmere Ashling Vest, $160

Cupcakes & Cashmere Ashling Vest, $160

Mother Denim HW Looker Ankle Fray, $238

Mother Denim HW Looker Ankle Fray, $238

Mother Denim Hustler 2-Step Ankle Fray, $228

Mother Denim Hustler 2-Step Ankle Fray, $228

Clare V. Flat Clutch, $215

Clare V. Flat Clutch, $215

Kaanas Puebla Bootie, $189

Kaanas Puebla Bootie, $189